Twisted Sister is one of the few popular 80’s hard rock bands that I never had the opportunity to see live. When they close out the Rocklahoma Music Festival Sunday Night, I am sure they will put on an incredible show.
Aside from their live performances that I watched on their recent DVD, Twisted Sister: The Video Years, Live at the Hammersmith was the only way I had to experience the energy of a live Twisted Sister show.
This CD captures one of the live shows during the band’s Stay Hungry tour at the Hammersmith Theater in London, and a couple of tracks from 1979 in Detroit before the band was signed. This CD doesn’t cut out anything. Dee Snider talks to the audience with plenty of expletives. More importantly, the band rocks, and rocks hard. What amazes me the most is how different the tempo is on the live songs, versus the studio recordings. The Live tracks are played heavier and faster, which tells me that Twisted Sister is a better live band, than the one you hear on the studio discs.
The covers of Jailhouse Rock and Train Kept a Rolling are very cool. This CD is the only place that I am aware of where you will here Twisted Sister perform these songs.
The Rocklahoma Music Festival will likely be successful enough to create several more of these open air type music festivals in the United States. When this event happens next year, hopefully Twisted Sister will return. Until then, I will enjoy Live at Hammersmith to get my fill of live Twisted Sister. If you are a Twisted Sister fan, don’t even hesitate picking this up. It is essential to your collection!
1. What You Don’t Know (Sure Can’t Hurt You)
2. The Kids Are Back
3. Stay Hungry
5. We’re Not Gonna Take It
6. You Can’t Stop Rock N’ Roll
7. Knife In The Back
8. Shoot ‘Em Down
9. Under The Blade